AUTHORS N - R

 

 


 

Napier, Jim

Legacy: A Colin McDermott Mystery

Author: Jim Napier

There were three legacies in Sally Beck’s brief life. The first was her grandmother’s bequest, which allowed Sally to attend an elite girls’ school. That was followed by the second, a life-changing event she experienced while a student there. The final legacy was due to Sally’s chance encounter, years later, with someone from her past which set in motion a chain of violence no one could have foreseen.

 

When a young woman killed in London traffic is found to be carrying no identification, Detective Inspector Colin McDermott is assigned to track her down so her family can be notified. He soon discovers that she had a dual identity, concealing a very private life, and when her trail leads back to Colin McDermott’s own Alma Mater, it falls to the detective to determine whether her death was an accident or murder – and whether an old friend and mentor is involved.

Meghan Negrijn

Pure Red Sand: An Expensive Retreat

Author: Meghan Negrijn

Don’t get left behind...

It isn’t easy working at the only hospital in the mining colony but Nadine, a medic, has created a good life for herself. She’s got friends and a job that gives her respect in the community, depending on where she goes. Sven, the mine owner’s son, has given up a difficult career path to join the family business, if reluctantly. He’s travelled to Mars on his first inspection trip and it promises to be a tedious visit. Despite the lean social circle, he makes it into the city and finds a few new acquaintances. It all seems a bit like an adventure until it takes an unexpected turn.

Earth’s president is killed and the militarily minded vice president takes command. Both planets are in turmoil when, encouraged by prominent citizens and shadowy figures alike, he claims the assailants have fled to Mars. The political maneuvers are nearly invisible to most people but they will have planet wide results. Justice must be served, no matter the cost.

Nadine and Sven are among the thousands left behind on Mars and facing imminent starvation. Desperate to survive, they band together with other members of the community in a last ditch effort to make contact off planet. Along with budding romances and unexpected alliances, they begin to look for a better future. On the way to salvage or starvation, everything changes. Nadine makes a grisly discovery that will haunt her and shape everyone’s lives for years to come.

An Expensive Retreat is the first book in a trilogy.

 

 

O'Connor, Molly

When Secrets Become Lies

Author: Molly O'Connor

When Secrets Become Lies - When Phillipa's parents are tragically killed in a traffic accident she discovers there is no record of her birth. She moves forward trying to resolve this mystery. A parallel story follows her parents the year of her birth and leads the reader across Canada. A surprise ending solves the mystery. To buy go to www.mollyoconnor.ca 

 

 

Wandering Backwards

Author: Molly O'Connor

Wandering Backwards, told in a small child’s voice, recalls life in small-town Ontario at a time when the innocence of a seven-year-old meets the strife of the adult world, war, crime, cruelty. Everyday activities give the reader colourful windows to family life in the 1940s as war raged across Europe and cast its shadow on every street in Canada. Bloomsgrove Avenue in Port Hope was no exception. The author, daughter of the former chief of police, tells what it was like growing up on the Avenue in 1944.

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Peirce, John

 

 

Social Studies: Collected Essays, 1974-2013

Author: Jon Peirce

Synopsis: If you thought the essay was dead, think again. In the hands of Jon Peirce, a writer with a wicked imagination, a strong social conscience, and a keen sense of the absurd, the time-honoured genre takes many different forms. The essays in this book, most of which have previously been published in newspapers or won literary prizes, range from short, rapier-like skewerings of political hypocrisy and injustice to a leisurely exploration of the metric system and its implications for writers. In between, you will find many pieces that make you laugh, a few that will make you cry, and some that will leave you shaking your head in wonderment. Enjoy. pp 264 

ISBN: Hardcover: 978-1-4602-3623-9; Softcover: 978-1-4602-3624-6; E-book: 978-1-4602-3625-3

Price: Hardcover: $27.99; Softcover: $16.99; E-book: $4.99; Contact author for direct sale pricing

Available: The book can be obtained through Friesen Press Bookstore; Amazon.com and from the author. The E-book is available through Google Ply, Amazon Kindle Store, and Nook Store.

Contact: jonpeirce@hotmail.com; www.jonpeirce.ca; (902) 469-0833; #5-1 Green Road, Dartmouth, NS, B3A 1N9

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Pimm, Gordon

 

 

Leo's War - From Gaspé to Vimy

Author: Gordon Pimm

Synopsis: LEO's WAR is a moving account of a brave Canadian Soldier’s experience in World War I told through letters to his family. Written from an excited new recruit, gradually transformed by war into a seasoned soldier, the letters exhibit a spirit of optimism and hope that is never lost. For readers who like military history to those who like a 'good read' this book tells a story you are unlikely to forget.
'Leo's War is a fine addition to Canadian literature of the First World War. The letters of Leo LeBoutillier are a touching look into the life of a heroic First World War soldier. Leo was in many ways typical of the young Canadians who volunteered in 1914: a kind, family man dedicated to his community and his Country. He gave up everything to go to fight for what he believed in. 'Boots', as he was known in the Regiment, turned out to be an exceptional soldier, winning the Distinguished Conduct Medal for bravery during the Battle of Somme in 1916. He was one of the heroes who stormed Vimy Ridge on that famous April morning 90 years ago. His letters give a personal insight into the type of man that brought Canada to Nationhood during the First World War', Norm Christie, author and host of the acclaimed W.W. I documentary For King & Empire as seen on The History Channel.
'This book is a rare collection of letters from a decorated soldier to his family. Each letter provides an authentic glimpse of a man of promise and how important family was to his identity. Leo's War provides a unique insight into a Canadian soldier's life in the trenches during W.W. I. It is an excellent read', A. Blake Seward, creator of the 'The Lest We Forget Project' and winner of the 2006 Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History, The Veterans Affairs Recognition Award, and The Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence. 204 pp. (inc. 16 pages of photos and maps). 

ISBN: 978-0-9783052-0-8

Price: $21.95

Available: leoswar.com, Custom Distributing, 499 O'Brien Road Renfrew ON K7V 4A6 1-800-575-1968, Coutts Library Services 6900 Kinsmen Court Niagara Falls, ON L2E 7E7 905-356-5064

Contact: The author gordon.pimm@sympatico.ca

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Power, P. Andrew

 

 

GRiP (A Novel and a Reflex)

Author: P. Andrew Power

Synopsis: GRiP is a novel about a man struggling with the familiar. Newly married, he and his wife plan for the future: settle into a career, buy a house, have a baby, and live happily ever after. Except Sebastian is both aided and tormented by a voice in his head that may stem from a psychological disorder, or may truly be a result of glimpses that Seb has of parallel universes but has trouble remembering fully. The voice, which Seb calls his “thought familiar”, helped him cheat on exams, mocks his personal habits, and knows how to hide the bodies of those Seb has accidentally enjoyed killing. As Seb’s life unravels, he becomes convinced that he will not be able to avoid the compulsion to kill his wife, whom he loves dearly but is unable to show her. In an effort to save his relationship and the lives of those around him, Seb seeks help to recover and thwart once and for all the familiar within. pp. 243 

ISBN: 978-0-9920447-1-8 (book) 978-0-9920447-0-1 (e-book)

Price: $17.99 (book) $5.99 (e-book)

Available: Amazon and independent bookstores

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Rick Prashaw

Soar, Adam, Soar

Author: Rick Prashaw

“Coming out. Coming in. Coming home.”

 

Adam Prashaw’s life was full of surprises from the moment he was born. Assigned female at birth, and with parents who had been expecting a boy, he spent years living as “Rebecca Danielle Adam Prashaw” before coming to terms with being a transgender man. Adam captured hearts with his humour, compassion, and intensity. After a tragic accident cut his life short, he left a legacy of changed lives and a trove of social media posts documenting his life, relationships, transition, and struggles with epilepsy, all with remarkable transparency and directness.

 

In Soar, Adam, Soar, his father, a former priest, retells Adam’s story alongside his son’s own words. From early childhood, through coming out first as a lesbian and then as a man, and his battles with epilepsy and refusal to give in, it chronicles Adam’s drive to define himself, his joyful spirit, and his love of life, which continues to conquer all.

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Prattis, Ian

 

 

Failsafe: Saving The Earth From Ourselves

Author: Dr. Ian Prattis

Synopsis: Humanity is hurtling towards a series of cataclysmic economic, social and ecological events that will take us to the brink of destruction. Our hardwired instinct for self-preservation can save us, but only if it triggers new ways of thinking, being and interacting. The planet will be fine, it’s the people we should worry about. Foreword by David Suzuki, 'Failsafe is a critical rebuttal to James Lovelock’s The Revenge of Gaia, which paints a darker picture for the future of humanity. Failsafe provides an in-depth understanding of global eco-crises and issues a call to change the existing world order by arriving at a deep spiritual understanding of what needs to be done. Step by step methods are laid out on how to usher in a new era of planetary care, social justice and peace.' pp. 200. 

ISBN: 978-1-897453-08-7

Price: $19.95 CDN, $16.95 US

Available: www.failsafebook.com, Chapters/Indigo, Singing Pebble, Octopus, www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca

Contact: iprattis@bell.net; www.ianprattis.com; 613 726 0881; 1252 Rideout Cr. Ottawa ON K2C 2X7

Earth My Body, Water My Blood

Author: Dr. Ian Prattis

Synopsis: Knowledge about ecosystems, globalization, environmental ethics and the direct threat of Global Warming is applied to a proposed urban eco-community in Ottawa, Canada. The insights, diligence and brilliance of a senior ecology class at Carleton University in Ottawa provide the foundation for this collection – garnished with further contributions from Dr. Prattis, consultants and elders. The substance is how to start and sustain an eco-community using Ottawa as an initial platform. Each section of the book has a “Note From The Editor” to provide wider context. A continuation of the editor’s ground breaking best seller – Failsafe: Saving The Earth From Ourselves. pp. 158. 

ISBN: 978-1-926945-19-4

Price: $15.00; E Book on Amazon Kindle for $4.99

Available: www.ianprattis.com/earthbody.htm

Contact: iprattis@bell.net; www.ianprattis.com; 613 726 0881

Song of Silence

Author: Dr. Ian Prattis

Synopsis: Song of Silence is set in the Hebrides – islands off the NW coast of Scotland. The novel’s compass covers cycles of maturing and downfall of Callum Mor – gifted child, master mariner, derelict drunk - who eventually gains wisdom from a hard life’s journey. Laced with grim humor, it has nature’s harsh and beautiful rhapsody as the background for tragic human failings – violence, power, desertion, deceit, murder and madness. The failings are ultimately topped by the triumph of the human spirit. Callum Mor’s character is epic and takes the reader on a deep Hero’s Journey. Following lyrical childhood adventures with otters and unlikely mentors, Callum Mor loses his father to madness, his brother to murder, his sister abandons the family in shame and through grievous misunderstandings he loses Catriona – the love of his life. The death of his mother is the final straw. Callum Mor snaps and in a period of self-destructive alcoholism, steps into isolation. A young family seeking refuge at his house one storm laden day begin his return to an astonishing awareness that triumphs over his tragedies. Callum Mor saves the child’s life in a winter blizzard and the glimmer of awakening expands in him while sheltering in a cave with the child. This sets the stage for the final drama with their adversaries on the island, which illuminates the resilience of human decency. pp. 163. 

ISBN: 978-1-926945-60-6

Price: $15.00

Available: www.ianprattis.com/songofsilence.htm

Contact: iprattis@bell.net; www.ianprattis.com; 613 726 0881

Redemption

Author: Ian Prattis

Synopsis: From author Ian Prattis comes a moving tale of personal 'Redemption' (published by Xlibris) based on his very own life and how he faced and overcame the many vicissitudes of fate he encountered. In this allegory the character representing the author embarks on a hero’s journey, as memories are retold as epics reflecting the great adventure and great struggle of life.
The story follows Callum Mor, opening with his childhood in the Hebrides islands off Scotland. He draws wonderful mentors to him; his schoolteacher, who lights the spark of a bard in him, animal friends such as an otter, a brutal fisherman who shields his darkness from the boy as he matures, and others. Callum Mor thrives despite the poverty of his home, as the island life is suffused with gentle humor and adventure. From the rhapsody of an idyllic childhood through traumatic tragedies to the derelict zone of alcoholism and then a state of awakening, Prattis depicts the stations of a personal Calvary that ultimately lead to 'Redemption.' pp. 138. 

ISBN: 978-14990-1234-7

Price: $15.99 US

Available: Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Order through ianprattis.com

Contact: iprattis@bell.net; ianprattis.com

Trailing Sky Six Feathers

Author: Ian Prattis

Synopsis: Ian Prattis shares personal journey, advocates about spiritual awakening, empowerment in new book: ,'Trailing Sky Six Feathers: One Man’s Journey with His Muse'. Climate change, ecosystem collapse and anarchy are just some of the current issues that propelled author Ian Prattis to widen his advocacy of empowerment and change. 'Trailing Sky Six Feathers' (published by Xlibris) is Prattis’ way of shedding light on issues that affect and will continue to affect the generations to come. Sharing his personal challenging journey and personal transformation, Prattis illuminates a path for others to expand their consciousness and chart the course for a future beyond the abyss. 'The human race does not need to be stuck with maladaptive options and patterns,' says Prattis, 'We can and must transform'. Prattis further believes that the culture needs to awaken spiritually if humanity wants to ensure survival. For him, 'the world has become an unpredictable beast that people fail to work with intelligently; and humanity has to take back control of themselves for this is a spiritual matter.'
Insightful and illuminating, this story follows the exciting journey of a hero which is like Indiana Jones meets the Buddha with a dash of Celestine Prophecy. “Trailing Sky Six Feathers” shines light on the darkest elements of the human condition, including the author’s own. pp. 138. 

ISBN: 978–1–4951-9679–1

Price: $15.99 US

Available: Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Order through www.ianprattis.com/TrailingSky.htm

Contact: iprattis@bell.net; ianprattis.com

New Planet, New World

Author: Ian Prattis

Ian Prattis transports you to a faraway world free of Earthly problems – or so it seems. Earth in the near future is dying due to Humankind’s damage to the environment. Children are sent via spacecraft to a distant planet to escape Earth and restart Humanity. Red haired Catriona is astonished to find raven haired Rising Moon is already living on the planet – thanks to ancient shamanic means. A sharing of cultures-technologies ensues as they join other Earth refugees to form a new, sustainable, caring community – but can they withstand the dark threat of invaders bringing traits of treachery, rape, power struggles and murder?

The clash of cultures, late in the twenty first century, opens this epic novel of pioneers establishing community in a neighboring galaxy. It coincides with the demise of modern civilization on Earth. Four Hopi Sacred Keepers offer their lives in a ceremony to provide renewal on a distant planet that none of them will experience. A jihadist cell on Earth hijacks a spaceship and imperils the lives of the pioneers, who respond with tactical violence to kill them. The starkness of survival prepares a backcloth for distinct love stories. The dark episodes and lyrical passages move the story along with action, fear, resolution, death, execution, rape, bravery, ethical settlements and exile in a futuristic opportunity for humanity.

This sci-fi finale of a trilogy stands on award winning Redemption and Trailing Sky Six Feathers. From these prior books New Planet, New World incorporates minor characters, who become front and center in this futuristic adventure. Time, culture, space and consciousness are fused across centuries. This action packed book of intertwining plotlines arc into the epiphany of the final chapter, the end game of a philosophy for the future. The reader now begins to anticipate and harken to the rip tides of this futuristic novel.

Our World Is Burning

Author: Ian Prattis

Anita Rizvi, Therapist:

Dr. Ian Prattis, with the vision of a Prophet, the heart of a Buddha and the mind of a master Story Teller, offers a timely and 'failsafe' gift to humanity as our poisoned collective psyche, reflected in the deterioration of our ecosystem, is poised to burn on the pyre of global consumption. When we look deeply into Our World is Burning, we see the frightened face of our inner child staring back, nine year old James' anguished cries merely reflecting our own. And just as 'World Leaders' continue to hatch the fabricated concept of separateness, gleefully filling in spaces with nefarious modus operandi designed to further divide brothers, paying no heed to the droughts and famines that are consuming innocent children as their mothers look on with horror, continuing to stomp on Mother Earth's heart leaving ego sized footprints on every corner, relentlessly banging on war drums, stepping up the game of iniquity with innovative methods for mass destruction such as biological warfare. In the midst of it all... a Teacher has come... Now, pick up a copy of Our World is Burning and watch evil leave the room.

Painting With Words

Author: Dr. Ian Prattis

Jana Begovic

Prattis’ poetry is a poetic narrative of our basest attributes as a species, our greed and propensity toward a savage violence, as well as our ability to love beyond the telling power of words. His verses awaken the sense of the infinite within us surging our hearts with the power of their message. His poetry aims directly for the heart speaking to the reader in clear and loud words, sometimes screaming the truth; it is incisive, devoid of redundant imagery and heavy-handed symbolism that might obscure the truth, both the poetic and human one.

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Raina Flannigan, Clara and Raina, Anna

Clara's Rib

Author: Clara Raina Flannigan and Anne Raina

Synopsis: Clara's Rib is the true story of a young girl coming of age in a tuberculosis hospital in the 1940s and '50s. Clara's story focuses mainly on her years growing up in 'the San' in Ottawa, Canada. Readers of all ages will be drawn into the evolving seasons of Clara's life of courage, faith, pranks, laughter, first love, despair and hope from the time she enters the San as a pre-teen until her departure as a young woman in her mid-twenties. Clara, the fourth eldest of ten children, was forced to exchange the daily camaraderie of her big, close-knit family for an even larger family in a hospital filled with TB patients.
Discover why, when Clara left the San for the last time, one of her own ribs was packed in her suitcase. 280 pp. 

ISBN: 978-0-9867108-0-3

Price: $22.95 CDN (plus shipping)

Available: clarasrib.ca; and at the following Ottawa-area stores: Balderson Village Cheese, Balderson; Books on Beechwood, 35 Beechwood Avenue; Britton's Magazines and Newspapers, 846 Bank Street; Civic Hospital Bookstore, Carling Avenue, Ottawa; Collected Works Bookstore, 1242 Wellington Street, Ottawa; Kilborn's Store at 10 Drummond Street, Newboro; Read's Book Shop, 130 Lansdowne Avenue, Carleton Place; Singing Pebble Books, 202-A Main Street, Ottawa; The Book Nook, 56 Gore Street East, Perth, ON

Contact: www.anneraina.ca; anneraina@rogers.com; 613-733-5891

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Ray, Randy

I Know That Name!

Authors: Mark Kearney & Randy Ray

Synopsis: The People Behind Canada's Best Known Brand Names was published in September 2002 and tells the fascinating stories of more than 125 Canadians who have developed enterprises and products and lent their names to dozens of brands we take for granted. Pickle baron Walter Bick, cheese whiz J. L. Kraft, cosmetic queen Elizabeth Arden, outdoor outfitter Alex Tilley, potato chip princess Miss Vickie and real estate expert A.E. LePage, founder of Royal LePage Real Estate, are just some of those featured in this book from The Dundurn Group. You'll also read about the youngster who built toy tractors out of old clocks and sewing machines before introducing Canadians to the snowmobile, the mom and pop bakery owners who gave Canada the popular Jos. Louis snack cake and the businessman who was fired by his brother before launching a multi-million dollar international brush company that thrives to this day. Full of fascinating facts, terrific trivia and historic photographs, I Know That Name! introduces you to the people you've heard about all your life but never really knew. 312pp. 

ISBN: 1-550002-407-8

Price: $22.99

Available: This book and seven others co-written by Ray are available in book stores and on the Web at: www.triviaguys.com, www.dundurn.com. Click to see complete series

Contact: The author randyray@rogers.com 613-731-3873

The Ontario Fact Book

Authors: Mark Kearney & Randy Ray

Synopsis: The Ontario Fact Book published in 2000 by Whitecap Books, is an A - Z mini-encyclopedia of Ontario, which provides useful and interesting information about the history, geography, art, culture, wildlife, and quirks of Canada's most populated province. Did you know Ontario's first Hollywood North was not Toronto, but Trenton, that Ontario once had a border dispute with Manitoba, or that Yonge Street is actually 1,896 kilometres long, making it the longest street in the world? It's one-stop shopping for information about Ontario. 246pp. 

ISBN: 1-55285-020-X

Price: $16.95

Available: This book and many others co-written by Ray are available in book stores and on the Web www.triviaguys.com. Click to see complete series

Contact: The author randyray@rogers.com 613-731-3873

The Great Canadian Book of Lists

Authors: Mark Kearney & Randy Ray

Synopsis: The Great Canadian Book of Lists by Hounslow Press, has sold nearly 10,000 copies since its October, 1999 release and was on The Globe and Mail' s bestseller list for five weeks in 1999. It chronicles a century of achievements, trends, important and influential people, and fascinating events that have shaped this country as it begins the 21st century. The best, worst, biggest, smallest, sexiest, and most significant, are all included on nearly 200 detailed lists written by the authors and a handful of well-known Canadians including CBC sportscaster Brian Williams and former NDP leader Audrey McLaughlin. 324pp. 

ISBN: 0-88882-213-8

Price: $19.99

Available: This book and seven others co-written by Ray are available in book stores and on the Web www.triviaguys.com, www.dundurn.com. Click to see complete series

Contact: The author randyray@rogers.com 613-731-3873

The Great Canadian Trivia Book 2

Authors: Mark Kearney & Randy Ray

Synopsis: The Great Canadian Trivia Book 2 was published by Hounslow Press in 1998 and deals with more than 140 Canadian conundrums, such as why Sir Isaac Brock was buried four times; whether Canadians have always voted on the same day in federal general elections; why Canada once had a blue $2 bill; whether a goalie can take a face-off in a hockey game, and the Canadian connection to the hold-up command 'hands-up.' 238pp. 

ISBN: 0-88882-197-2

Price: $17.99

Available: This book and seven others co-written by Ray are available in book stores and on the Web www.triviaguys.com, www.dundurn.com. Click to see complete series

Contact: The author randyray@rogers.com 613-731-3873

The Great Canadian Trivia Book

Authors: Mark Kearney & Randy Ray

Synopsis: The Great Canadian Trivia Book was published in October 1996 by Hounslow Press of Toronto, has sold more than 17,000 copies and has appeared on bestseller lists in the Toronto Star and Ottawa Citizen. It answers more than 190 interesting and colorful questions about Canada, such as: Did Canadians fight in the American civil war? What instrument did Guy Lombardo play? Is the pie-in-the-face gag a Canadian innovation? Canada once left a message on the moon - what did it say? Why was John Wilkes Booth in Montreal prior to Abraham Lincoln's assassination? 240pp. 

ISBN: 0-88882-188-3

Price: $17.99

Available: This book and seven others co-written by Ray are available in book stores and on the Web www.triviaguys.com, www.dundurn.com. Click to see complete series

Contact: The author randyray@rogers.com 613-731-3873

Canadian Music Fast Facts

Authors: Mark Kearney & Randy Ray

Synopsis: Canadian Music Fast Facts was self-published in 1989 by Ray and Kearney and is a where-are-they-now-style resource book that presents about 150 thumbnail tales about bands and solo acts that put Canadian music on the map between the 1950s and 1970s. Subjects include The Four Lads, Lighthouse, Charity Brown, The Five Man Electrical Band, Terry and Susan Jacks, The Esquires, Skylark, Ian Thomas, Colleen Peterson, Bobby Gimby, Shirley Matthews, Prism and The Stampeders. 160pp. 

ISBN: 0-9695149-0-5

Price: $20

Available: This book and seven others co-written by Ray are available in book stores and on the Web at: www.triviaguys.com. Click to see complete series

Contact: The author randyray@rogers.com 613-731-3873

Pucks Pablum & Pingos

Authors: Mark Kearney & Randy Ray

Title: Pucks Pablum & Pingos

Authors: Mark Kearney & Randy Ray

Synopsis: We thought we'd covered it all with our previous Canadian trivia books, but it turns out this country has even more weird and wonderful tales to tell. For example...what the heck is a pingo? You'll find the answer to this and hundreds more fascinating facts in Pucks, Pablum &Pingos. In this book, we have explored from coast-to-coast to bring readers the classic, the unknown, the hard to find, and the most memorable details of what makes this country tick. The sordid, the intriguing, the strange, and the amusing are all here in bite-sized trivia entries that will settle arguments, or perhaps start even more! From history, politics, and geography to sports, culture, and colourful characters, Pucks, Pablum & Pingos will keep you entertained and educated. 230 pp. 

ISBN: 1-55002-500-7

Price: $19.99

Available: This book and seven others co-written by Ray are available in book stores and www.triviaguys.com and www.dundurn.com. Click to see complete series

Contact: The author randyray@rogers.com 613-731-3873

Whatever Happened To...? Catching Up With Canadian Icons

Authors: Mark Kearney & Randy Ray

Synopsis: The latest book by Canada's Trivia Guys is an entertaining where-are-they-now look at the fate of some 100 celebrities, newsmakers, and significant artifacts from this country's past. Lake Ontario swimmer Marilyn Bell, CFL legend Russ Jackson, Canada's first automobile, and Roger Woodward, who survived the waters of Niagara Falls, are among those tracked down. Long after making headlines or burrowing their way into our collective consciousness, these Canadian icons have traveled different roads or in some cases kept more quietly to the path that gained them attention in the first place. 264pp. 

ISBN: 1-55002-654-2

Price: $21.99

Available: This book and seven others by Ray and Kearney are available in most book stores and on the Web www.triviaguys.com and www.dundurn.com. Click to see complete series

Contact: The author randyray@rogers.com 613-731-3873

The Big Book of Canadian Trivia

Author: Randy Ray and Mark Kearney

Synopsis: The latest Ray-Kearney effort is best described as a ``greatest hits'' book that contains the best Canadiana from their previous eight books, plus a considerable amount of new material. In one big book readers will find all the trivia and facts about Canada they need to know: there are stories of important Canadian artifacts and history including what became of Canada's World War II spy camp. All regions and provinces are covered, as well as important Canadian figures like John Molson, Elizabeth Arden and Russ Jackson. The book brings together for the first time in one package the most notable facts and trivia, plus a series of challenging quizzes, from the archives of the trivia guys' collection. 504 pp. 

ISBN: 978-1-55488-417-9

Price: $29.99

Available: Chapters, Indigo and other bookstores; www.chapters.ca, www.triviaguys.com and www.dundurn.com

Contact: The author randyray@rogers.com 613-731-3873

As The Years Go By ... Conversations With Canada’s Folk, Pop & Rock Pioneers

Author: Randy Ray

                Anyone who grew up in Canada in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, knows how amazing this country’s music scene was in those magical decades.

                Etched in the musical memories of millions of music fans in Canada and around the globe are great tunes, television appearances and live shows featuring The Diamonds, Lighthouse, Steppenwolf, Mashmakhan, Patsy Gallant, Skylark, Bobby Curtola, Edward Bear, Susan Jacks, Terry Jacks, Denny Doherty, The Five Man Electrical Band, The Paupers, Moxy, The Raes, A Foot in Cold Water, The Esquires, The Haunted, Keith Hampshire, Charity Brown, Fludd, The Bells, Michel Pagliaro, and many others.

                In their 10th book, best-selling authors Mark Kearney and Randy Ray compile in one place, detailed newspaper articles they wrote in the 1980s and 1990s about hundreds of Canadian music personalities who years earlier had chased musical stardom.  Many stories have been updated or offer web links to additional information. Several connect to YouTube videos that show the performers belting out their hit songs. Most are accompanied by photographs.

                Based on interviews with musicians, managers, producers and promoters - and just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday - As The Years Go By offers readers an inside look at the trials and triumphs, good times and bad encountered by many of those involved in the Canadian music biz, including many who hit the big time.  The years may have gone by but the memories linger ...

             Available in soft cover (ISBN: 978-0-9695149-2-3) and as an e-book (ISBN: 978-0-9695149-1-6) at: www.triviaguys.com and www.amazon.ca 

Contact Randy Ray at (613) 816-3873 or randyray@bell.net

 

Rubin, Eric Beck

2017 Frank Hegyi Award Finalist

School of Velocity

Author: Eric Beck Rubin

Jan de Vries is a virtuoso pianist who would be in the prime of his career but for the crippling auditory hallucinations that have plundered his performances and his mind. As the disorder reaches its devastating peak the walls Jan has built around him crumble, rendering him unable to repress the overwhelming flood of memories and the troves of unspoken words that linger between him and his childhood best friend, Dirk Noosen, with whom he lost touch long ago. He is faced with only one recourse: to head home and confront him. With a singular voice and a masterful balance of emotional resonance and restraint, Eric Beck Rubin tells the tender story of Jan's obsessive friendship with the charismatic, irreverent raconteur Dirk as the reader breathlessly awaits their reunion.    This luminous novel is about music, repression and regret; about adolescence, sex and friendship, and, ultimately, about the kind of love that lasts a lifetime.

School of Velocity is published by Doubleday Canada.

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